This morning I spent just a short time visiting the valley as I had a midday appointment in Norwich, despite this it was quite a productive morning as the following list shows:
25+ Stock Doves
1 Stonechat (juvenile)
1 Willow Warbler
Coal Tit (family party)
A short, static count at the Brook produced a single juvenile Stonechat. Although quite close this young bird was almost always against the light, thus appearing in silhouetted form. Despite this, the bird appeared typically dumpy with a short tail. The plumage appeared dark and speckled with the feint hint of a small white wedged shaped patch on its secondaries.
Also here was 2 Whitethroats, one of which frequented a Bramble patch and attempted to feed upon a ripe berry. The other was in bankside herbage.
A single Kingfisher flew along the valley and a single Wren was seen also.
A single Willow Warbler was in a roadside hedge at a locality where the species bred this year. The distinctive "hooweet" call frequently given.
Wooded Pit close to 'The Arms'.
Blackcap was also heard here.
The adjacent field edges with an abundance of weedy strips held 40+ Linnets, good feeding here.
|Coal Tit at Little Cressingham 11th August|